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As deadline for franchise tag passes, Ravens' C.J. Mosley moves closer to free agency

As deadline for franchise tag passes, Ravens' C.J. Mosley moves closer to free agency

The Ravens declined to place the franchise tag on C.J. Mosley by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, leaving the team with just over a week to sign its All-Pro linebacker before he hits free agency.

General manager Eric DeCosta was not expected to tag Mosley, as the Ravens would have owed about $15.4 million in 2019 to the team’s top free-agent target. DeCosta said at the NFL scouting combine last week that the Ravens’ preference “would always be to do a long-term deal with a player like C.J. He’s a great player.”

But other teams are allowed to contact Mosley starting Monday, and free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. March 13. There would be...

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